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Food & Wine Friday: Pasta Pescatore And Italian Wine

This Week In Food & Wine: Pasta Pescatore Recipe & Italian Wine

Who doesn’t love an Italian special for the holidays? Whether you’re on the east coast, west coast, or no coast, we often find ourselves trying to entertain guests between Christmas and New Years Eve and we’d love to make something special that’s different from the norm; something that Wow’s them! Well friends, the following recipe and wine pairing will not only provide that Wow factor but the gratifying mouthful of flavors that’s created between food and wine. This wine pairing will have you and your guests joyously ringing in the New Year with a smile from ear to ear, coast to coast even!

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, it’s time to open a bottle and pour a glass while you slave away in the kitchen. Scroll to the end of the post for our Grape Certified wine recommendations. Between all of these delicious choices and a prep & cook time of 45 minutes you may find yourself on glass #2 before you finish. Ok, now that you’re experiencing the Italian art of wine, it’s time to start cooking what the Italians would say is, “Un gran finale!”

Pasta Pescatore is mixed seafood pasta in a spicy tomato sauce. This recipe serves 4 and will take about 45 minutes to make. Let’s begin!



  1. 4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  2. 1/3 Cup Minced Onion
  3. 3 Garlic Cloves, Peeled & Minced
  4. 12 Cleaned Clams
  5. 1/2 Cup Dry White Wine
  6. 1 1/2 Cups Seafood Stock
  7. 3 Cups Pureed or Chopped Tomatoes
  8. 12 Sea Scallops
  9. 20 Cleaned Mussels
  10. 12 Large Shrimp, Cleaned
  11. 1/2 Pound Fresh Squid, Cleaned & Chopped
  12. 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Parsley
  13. Salt & Pepper
  14. Red Pepper Flakes
  15. 1 Pound Spaghetti Or Pasta Of Choice
  16. Gremolata:
  17. 1/3 Cup Fresh Parsley
  18. ¼ Cup Lemon Zest
  19. 3 Cloves Garlic, Peeled


Cooking Instructions:

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil and then cook the onions until they are soft and translucent, about 4 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, and cook another couple of minutes.
  3. Add the wine and fish stock and bring to a boil, then add the clams and cook until they open.
  4. Add the tomato sauce, parsley, salt, pepper, and red peppers flakes and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat and add the remaining seafood, and cook over low heat while the pasta cooks.
  6. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until it is “al dente”.
  7. Mince the gremolata ingredients together and set aside.
  8. Drain the pasta, top with a scoop of the tomato sauce and toss well.
  9. Serve in four individual bowls, topped with more sauce, and dividing the seafood up evenly between the four dishes.
  10. Lastly, sprinkle some gremolata on each dish and serve immediately!


Our Grape Certified Wine Recommendations:

Ferrari-Carano Siena 2011 ($24)

Wine Region: Sonoma County, California

Wine Grapes: Sangiovese, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon

Style: Medium-bodied, Complex, Flavorful & Smooth

Drinks Like: Castello di Amorosa Il Brigante 2010 ($35), Bacio Divino Cellars Pazzo 2012 ($37)

Wine Rating: 2014 THEGRAPE Grape Certified – Gold Medal


Castellare Chianti Classico 2011

Region: Tuscany, Italy

Type: Sangiovese

Price: $29.99

Store: or Total Wine

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Platinum


Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2007

Region: Tuscany, Italy

Type: Sangiovese

Price: $69.99

Store: or Total Wine

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Gold


Montresor Valpolicella Ripasso Crosara

Region: Venito, Italy

Type: Red Blend

Price: $16.99

Store: Total Wine

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Gold


Di Majo Norante Sangiovese

Region: Molise, Italy

Type: Sangiovese

Price: $8.99

Store: Total Wine/Bev-Mo

Wine Rating: Grape Certified Gold


We here at The Grape hope you’ve enjoyed our holiday suggestion and would love to hear any and all feedback you might have. Please feel free to leave a comment below or message us at And remember to visit Salute!


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